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Canon EOS RP

When Canon announced its full-frame mirrorless system last September, it received something of a mixed reaction. The EOS R body was packed full of new ideas, but in its bid to break away from traditional DSLR design and rethink how cameras should work, ended up feeling a bit alien to longstanding EOS users. This stood in stark contrast to Nikon's Z 6 and Z 7, which behave much like mini versions of the firm's DSLRs.

Canon's second offering, the EOS RP, is in essence a smaller, simpler model compared to the EOS R, at a considerably lower price. Indeed at £1,400 body only, it has the lowest introductory price of any full-frame mirrorless to date, which naturally makes it one of the most affordable full-frame cameras on the market. It shares a lot in common with its sibling design-wise, but loses some of its more controversial elements. This immediately makes it feel more like a traditional EOS, although still with some significant differences.

Canon has made a point of making the EOS RP compact and lightweight, to the extent that at 485g including battery and card, it weighs less than the EOS 800D entry-level APS-C DSLR. The firm has also radically streamlined the external design and control layout, and while it mostly works well, I think that in some ways it has gone too far for enthusiast users.


Internally, the EOS RP is based around a 26.2MP sensor that's borrowed from the EOS 6D Mark II. It's paired with the latest Digic 8 processor, and offers a100-40,000 that's expandable to ISO 50-102,400. Shots can be fired off at 5 frames per second with focus fixed, or 4fps with AF adjustment between frames, which is pretty pedestrian by current standards.

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